(Castlecomer Discovery Park is a Social Community Enterprise operating on a Not for Profit basis.)
1999 SPOT THE DIFFERENCE……. …..through the hard work of volunteers, the dedication of a voluntary board of directors, and the dedication and commitment of everyone who works at Castlecomer Discovery Park, we have come a long way in a short space of time, for you to enjoy.
Set in the former grounds of the Wandesforde Estate, Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes and began as a community project to rejuvenate the town of Castlecomer following the closure of the coal mines in 1969.
This relatively ‘young’ park opened to the public in 2007 with the launch of the Coal Mining Exhibition, Visitor Centre and Design Craft studios which are located in the former stable yard. The Park continues to evolve and is actively developing a range of exciting recreational, cultural and educational activities for visitors of all ages.
Key attractions include a Tree Top Adventure Walk and a Climbing Wall. Added in 2014 were Pedal boats and Canadian Canoes on our upper lake. 2015 saw the addition of the Woodland Play Area (Junior Woodland Adventure Course, hand-crafted Bluebell Playhouse and Elf & Fairy Village). 2016 saw the launch of the longest over-water zipline in Ireland at 300m long and 35m at its highest point. Complementing the zipline is a new Advanced High Ropes Course.2017 we launched the Canopy Cafe to the elf and fairy village and also introduced an archery.
The Park has grown from strength to strength since it first opened, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Over 117,000 visited in 2015. In 2015, Castlecomer Discovery Park won the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Business Award for Culture/Heritage Tourism. We are also listed as ‘One of the Three Best Family Attractions in Leinster’ 2012, 2013, and is also among the top 5 attractions listed in Kilkenny on Trip Advisor.
The park is a social/community enterprise and acts on a Non-Profit basis. It was set up to promote rural tourism, and what has been achieved by the community and voluntary efforts is astonishing and any financial surpluses generated are reinvested into the Park because after all, we are ‘Yours to enjoy’.
Entry to the Park is free, with a nominal ‘All Day’ parking fee of €4 (1st hour free). To learn more about Castlecomer Discovery Park, and what the town has to offer to see where it all started: